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Bowden, Charles 1945-2014

Works: 125 works in 327 publications in 4 languages and 13,416 library holdings
Genres: Pictorial works  Biography  History  Illustrated works  Folklore  Fiction  Documentary films  Nonfiction films  Case studies  Interviews 
Roles: Author, Author of introduction, Narrator, Editor, fmp, Director, Collector, Bibliographic antecedent
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Murder city : Ciudad Juárez and the global economy's new killing fields by Charles Bowden( Book )

11 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 1,810 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ciudad Juarez lies just across the Rio Grande from El Paso, Texas. A once-thriving border town, it now resembles a failed state. Infamously known as the place where women disappear, its murder rate exceeds that of Baghdad. Last year 1,607 people were killed, a number that is on pace to increase in 2009. In Murder City, Charles Bowden, one of the few journalists who has spent extended periods of time in Juarez, has written an extraordinary account of what happens when a city disintegrates. Interweaving stories of its inhabitants, a raped beauty queen, a repentant hitman, a journalist fleeing for his life with a broader meditation on the town's descent into anarchy, Bowden reveals how Juarez's culture of violence will not only worsen, but inevitably spread north
Down by the river : drugs, money, murder, and family by Charles Bowden( Book )

12 editions published between 2002 and 2004 in English and held by 1,201 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lionel Bruno Jordan was murdered on January 20, 1995, in an El Paso parking lot, but he keeps coming back as the skeleton key to a multibillion-dollar drug industry, two corrupt governments -- one called the United States and the other Mexico -- and a self-styled War on Drugs that is a fraud. Phil Jordan runs DEA intelligence, but when his brother Bruno is killed, he is powerless. Amado Carrillo Fuentes runs the most successful drug business in the history of the world, but when his usefulness to governments ceases, he mysteriously dies in a hospital. Carlos Salinas runs Mexico, but as soon as he leaves office, his brother is jailed for murder and Salinas flees into exile. Sal Martinez, DEA agent and Bruno's cousin, does the secret work of the U.S. government in Mexico, but when he seeks revenge for his cousin's murder, he is sentenced to a term in federal prison. Beneath all the policy statements and bluster of politicians is a real world of lies, pain, and money. Down by the River is the tale of how a murder led one American family into this world and how it all but destroyed them. Of how one Mexican drug leader outfought and outthought the U.S. government. Of how major financial institutions fattened on the drug industry. And how the governments of the United States and Mexico buried everything that happened. All this comes together down by the river, a place where the fictions finally end and the facts read like fiction. This is an unforgettable American story about drugs, money, murder, and family
Killing the hidden waters by Charles Bowden( Book )

9 editions published between 1977 and 2003 in English and held by 796 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Revisiting his earliest work with a new introduction, "What I Learned Watching the Wells Go Down," Bowden looks back at his first effort to awaken people to the costs and limits of using natural resources through a simple and obvious example - water. He drives home the point that years of droughts, rationing, and even water wars have done nothing to slake the insatiable consumption of water in the American West. Even more timely now than in 1977, Killing the Hidden Waters remains, in Edward Abbey's words, "the best all-around summary I've read yet, anywhere, of how our greed-driven, ever-expanding urban-industrial empire is consuming, wasting, poisoning, and destroying not only the resource basis of its own existence, but also the vital, sustaining basis of life everywhere.""--Jacket
Trust me : Charles Keating and the missing billions by Michael Binstein( Book )

3 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 726 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Novelistic, captivating, and powerful, Trust Me is a brilliant morality tale about the American way - a red, white, and blue testament to piety and corruption run wild
Blue desert by Charles Bowden( Book )

4 editions published between 1986 and 1992 in English and Undetermined and held by 458 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents a view of the Southwest that seeks to measure how rapid growth has taken its toll on the land
A shadow in the city : confessions of an undercover drug warrior by Charles Bowden( Book )

6 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 410 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The author follows a narcotics agent in an unnamed city in the center of the country, as he sets in motion his latest conquest, a $50 million heroin deal that originates in Colombia and has federal agents sitting at attention from Los Angeles to Washington, D.C., to New York City. As the bust unfolds, the agent reveals the unerring instinct and ceaseless vigilance that have led him through minefields and brought down kingpins. But now they have led him to a place where it isn't so clear who the heroes are or what the fight has been for. And still the warrior fights on, in a murky and unforgiving landscape.--From publisher description
Frog Mountain blues by Charles Bowden( Book )

6 editions published between 1987 and 2018 in English and held by 397 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Discusses the development of Tucson, Arizona, and its impact on local environment, describes the beauty and fragility of the Catalina Mountains, and argues that they must be protected
Blood orchid : an unnatural history of America by Charles Bowden( Book )

10 editions published between 1995 and 2018 in English and held by 394 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The author explores the West and tracks the blood orchid, the metaphor for the country's obsessive love affair with violence
El Sicario : the autobiography of a Mexican assassin by Sicario( Book )

5 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 361 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this unprecedented and chilling monologue, a repentant Mexican hitman tells the unvarnished truth about the war on drugs on the American. El Sicario is the hidden face of America's war on drugs. He is a contract killer who functioned as a commandante in the Chihuahuan State police, who was trained in the US by the FBI, and who for twenty years kidnapped, tortured and murdered people for the drug industry at the behest of Mexican drug cartels. He is a hit man who came off the killing fields alive. He left the business and turned to Christ. And then he decided to tell the story of his life and work. Charles Bowden first encountered El Sicario while reporting for the book "Murder City". As trust between the two men developed, Bowden bore witness to the Sicario's unfolding confession, and decided to tell his story. The well-spoken man that emerges from the pages of El Sicario is one who has been groomed by poverty and driven by a refusal to be one more statistic in the failure of Mexico. He is not boastful, he claims no major standing in organized crime. But he can explain in detail not only torture and murder, but how power is distributed and used in the arrangement between the public Mexican state and law enforcement on the ground - where terror and slaughter are simply tools in implementing policy for both the police and the cartels. And he is not an outlaw or a rebel. He is the state. When he headed the state police anti-kidnapping squad in Juarez, he was also running a kidnapping ring in Juarez. When he was killing people for money in Juarez, he was sharpening his marksmanship at the Federal Police range. Now he lives in the United States as a fugitive. One cartel has a quarter million dollar contract on his head. Another cartel is trying to recruit him. He speaks as a free man and of his own free will - there are no charges against him. He is a lonely voice - no one with his background has ever come forward and talked. He is the future - there are thousands of men like him in Mexico and there will be more in other places. He is the truth no one wants to hear"--
Desierto : memories of the future by Charles Bowden( Book )

9 editions published between 1991 and 2018 in English and Undetermined and held by 361 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Here Bowden (Blue Desert) probes the spiritual decadence of those arid lands that knife into Mexico from southern Arizona, the desierto. For the author, this is home turf, and he knows it well. What he shows is a harsh land repeatedly exploited by a greedy white culture and now ruled by drug lords and land barons. He focuses on the victims living in fearful and impoverished Sonoran villages, shifting his gaze at times to the exploiters, like Phoenix developer Charles Keating and a Tucson drug trafficker identified only as Mr. Tombstone. (Bowden's fascination with predators also informs his observations on another local kingpin, the mountain lion.) The pages brim with gore, lust and folly. Bowden sees the region as equally barren of imagination and topography, and forecasts a gloomy future in which the old problems will arise again and again"--Publisher's Weekly
Dreamland : the way out of Juárez by Charles Bowden( Book )

6 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 359 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"What do you call a place where people are tortured and murdered and buried in the backyard of a nice, middle-class condo? Where police work for the drug cartels? Where the meanings of words such as "border" and "crime" and "justice" are emptying out into the streets and flowing down into the sewers? You call it Juárez or, better yet, Dreamland. Realizing that merely reporting the facts cannot capture the massive disintegration of society that is happening along the border, Charles Bowden and Alice Leora Briggs use nonfiction and sgraffito drawings to depict the surreality that is Ciudad Juárez, Mexico. With the feel of a graphic novel, the look of an illuminated medieval manuscript, and the harshness of a police blotter, Dreamland captures the routine brutality, resilient courage, and rapacious daily commerce along the U.S.-Mexico border."--Back cover
Juárez : the laboratory of our future by Charles Bowden( Book )

3 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 338 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Text and graphic photographs describe the realities of life in Juárez, Mexico, just across the border from El Paso, covering the effects of the North American Free Trade Agreement, gangs, drug trafficking, poverty, and other issues
The Sonoran Desert by Jack W Dykinga( Book )

10 editions published between 1992 and 1997 in English and Undetermined and held by 293 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

More than 120 large-format color photographs by a Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer highlight a look at the austere spectacle of the Southwest's Sonora Desert, accompanied by an examination of the varied history of life in the desert
Chihuahua : pictures from the edge by Virgil Hancock( Book )

4 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 244 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of 40 color photographs depicting the building facades and ruins of modern day Chihuahua, Mexico. An accompanying text essayed by Charles Bowden, author of Blood Orchid, complements the images
Stone canyons of the Colorado Plateau by Jack W Dykinga( Book )

5 editions published between 1996 and 2001 in English and Undetermined and held by 235 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Color photos of the Escalante and the Paria river canyons and the adjacent plateau into which these rivers, with the help of rain & wind, have sculpted surreal, brightly colored galleries. The text by Charles Bowden deals with Mormon heroes, the Hole-in-the-Rock migration, and with John D. Lee, infamous for his part in the Mountain Meadows Massacre
The secret forest by Charles Bowden( Book )

4 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 233 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A splendid appreciation and natural / human history of the southeast portion of Mexico's Sondra Province. Jack Dykinga has contributed 46 evocative color plates--expertly printed
El Sicario : room 164 by Gianfranco Rosi( Visual )

16 editions published between 2010 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 229 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Ciudad Juarez hitman known as El Sicario tells of his experiences working for the Mexican drug cartels
Eugene Richards by Charles Bowden( Book )

11 editions published in 2001 in 3 languages and held by 227 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This volume - investigating the work of a particular photographer, in this case, Eugene Richards - comprises a 4000-word essay by an expert in the field, 55 photographs presented chronologically, each with a commentary, and a biography of the featured photographer
Exodus = Éxodo by Charles Bowden( Book )

5 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 224 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Immigration has become one of the most important and contentious issues of our time. But even as policy makers in the United States and Mexico argue over what to do about the half million or more Mexicans who cross the border illegally each year to work in the United States, one fact has become indisputable. Illegal immigration has enhanced the lives of poor people more than any policy attempted by either the U.S. or the Mexican governments. Immigrants sent home $23 billion dollars in 2006 alone, rivaling what Mexico earned from selling oil. But the human cost of migration is equally high. Border crossers risk injury, attack, rape, and death, while undocumented workers often toil under dangerous and exploitative conditions in the United States. These harsh realities constitute the heart of Exodus/Éxodo, a powerful collaboration between writer Charles Bowden and photographer Julian Cardona that puts a human face on the issue of illegal immigration. Expanding on their award-winning 2006 Mother Jones article titled "Exodus: Border-Crossers Forge a New America," Bowden and Cardona take us to border towns, in which impoverished men and women hire "coyotes" to get them across the line; to Ciudad Juarez, where hundreds of young women maquiladora workers have been murdered and their families still seek justice; to Minutemen camps along the border, where citizen vigilantes keep watch; to New Orleans, North Carolina, and California, where migrants find back-breaking work in construction, agriculture, and other industries; to protest marches, as immigrants assert their right to stay in the United States; and to villages in Mexico, in which remitted dollars are building homes as lavish as the dreams that fuel the migrations." . From publisher's description
Street signs Chicago : neighborhood and other illusions of big city life by Charles Bowden( Book )

5 editions published in 1981 in English and held by 222 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Don't let the title fool you. It's about more than street signs: it's about life in the big city; it's about history and the loss of history; it's about neighborhoods that were and never were, but still could be; it's about illusion and the real thing...." Studs Terkel
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Down by the river : drugs, money, murder, and family
Down by the river : drugs, money, murder, and familyKilling the hidden watersBlue desertA shadow in the city : confessions of an undercover drug warriorFrog Mountain bluesBlood orchid : an unnatural history of AmericaEl Sicario : the autobiography of a Mexican assassinDesierto : memories of the future
Alternative Names
Bowden, Charles Clyde.

Bowden, Charles Clyde 1945-

Bowden, Charles Clyde 1945-2014

Bowden, Chuck

Bowden, Chuck 1945-

Bowden, Chuck 1945-2014

Charles Bowden Amerikaans journalist (1945-2014)

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